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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339587/incisor-inclination-and-perceived-tooth-colour-changes
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Philip Ciucchi, Stavros Kiliaridis
Introduction: Social attractiveness is influenced by a variety of different smile-related factors. We evaluated whether the degree of upper central incisor proclination can result in tooth colour change. Methods: Forty young adult subjects (20-25 years) in good health with a complete sound dentition were selected. The subjects were seated in standardized light conditions with an above-directed light source. Their natural head position was stated as 0 degrees. To mimic the range of possible anterior torque movements they were asked to tilt their heads upward +15 degrees (upward tilting) and downward -15 degrees (downward tilting)...
January 25, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298302/visual-and-presaccadic-activity-in-area-8ar-of-the-macaque-monkey-lateral-prefrontal-cortex
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Kelly R Bullock, Florian Pieper, Adam J Sachs, Julio C Martinez-Trujillo
Common trends observed in many visual and oculomotor-related cortical areas include retinotopically organized receptive and movement fields exhibiting a Gaussian shape and increasing size with eccentricity. These trends are demonstrated in the frontal eye fields (FEF), many visual areas, and the superior colliculus (SC), but have not been thoroughly characterized in prearcuate area 8Ar of the prefrontal cortex. This is important since area 8Ar, located anterior to the FEF, is more cytoarchitectonically similar to prefrontal areas than premotor areas...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296431/does-unbelted-safety-requirement-affect-protection-for-belted-occupants
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Jingwen Hu, Kathleen D Klinich, Miriam A Manary, Carol A C Flannagan, Prabha Narayanaswamy, Matthew P Reed, Margaret Andreen, Mark Neal, Chin-Hsu Lin
OBJECTIVE: Federal regulations in the United States require vehicles to meet occupant performance requirements with unbelted test dummies. Removing the test requirements with unbelted occupants might encourage the deployment of seatbelt interlocks and allow restraint optimization to focus on belted occupants. The objective of this study is to compare the performance of restraint systems optimized for belted only occupants with those optimized for both belted and unbelted occupants using computer simulations and field crash data analyses...
March 15, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295877/neuroscientific-insights-into-the-development-of-analogical-reasoning
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Kirstie J Whitaker, Michael S Vendetti, Carter Wendelken, Silvia A Bunge
Analogical reasoning, or the ability to find correspondences between entities based on shared relationships, supports knowledge acquisition. As such, the development of this ability during childhood is thought to promote learning. Here, we sought to better understand the mechanisms by which analogical reasoning about semantic relations improves over childhood and adolescence (e.g. chalk is to chalkboard as pen is to…?). We hypothesized that age-related differences would manifest as differences in the brain regions associated with one or more of the following cognitive functions: (1) controlled semantic retrieval, or the ability to retrieve task-relevant semantic associations; (2) response control, or the ability to override the tendency to respond to a salient distractor; and/or (3) relational integration, or the ability to consider jointly two mental relations...
March 12, 2017: Developmental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272263/response-inhibition-is-more-effortful-than-response-activation-behavioral-and-electrophysiological-evidence
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Heming Gao, Mingming Qi, Qi Zhang
The present study aimed to measure the response inhibition by embedding a secondary probe task within a Go/NoGo paradigm. The response time for the probe and the time course of the discrimination process for the probe shown by event-related potentials were measured to investigate the effect of response inhibition. The results showed that the probe response time were longer for the NoGo-probes versus Go-probes, indicating a more cognitively demanding process in processing NoGo stimuli. The event-related potential results showed that the NoGo stimuli evoked a more positive frontal P3 component relative to the Go stimuli...
March 7, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269775/reduction-of-rpt6-s8-a-proteasome-component-and-proteasome-activity-in-the-cortex-is-associated-with-cognitive-impairment-in-lewy-body-dementia
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Amani Alghamdi, Julie Vallortigara, David R Howlett, Martin Broadstock, Tibor Hortobágyi, Clive Ballard, Alan J Thomas, John T O'Brien, Dag Aarsland, Johannes Attems, Paul T Francis, David R Whitfield
Lewy body dementia is the second most common neurodegenerative dementia and is pathologically characterized by α-synuclein positive cytoplasmic inclusions, with varying amounts of amyloid-β (Aβ) and hyperphosphorylated tau (tau) aggregates in addition to synaptic loss. A dysfunctional ubiquitin proteasome system (UPS), the major proteolytic pathway responsible for the clearance of short lived proteins, may be a mediating factor of disease progression and of the development of α-synuclein aggregates. In the present study, protein expression of a key component of the UPS, the RPT6 subunit of the 19S regulatory complex was determined...
2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266320/different-functioning-of-prefrontal-cortex-predicts-treatment-response-after-a-selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitor-treatment-in-patients-with-major-depression
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Koji Masuda, Mari Nakanishi, Kana Okamoto, Chiwa Kawashima, Harumi Oshita, Ayako Inoue, Fuku Takita, Toshihiko Izumi, Yoshinobu Ishitobi, Haruka Higuma, Masayuki Kanehisa, Taiga Ninomiya, Yoshinori Tanaka, Jotaro Akiyoshi
BACKGROUND: Major depressive disorder (MDD) is often resistant to treatment with usual approaches. Patients with MDD have shown hypofunction of the frontotemporal cortex in verbal fluency test (VFT)-related near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). METHODS: We examined whether the reactions to drug treatment in treatment-naive patients with MDD could be predicted by NIRS outcomes at the initial investigation. All subjects underwent psychological testing to determine levels of anxiety and depression...
March 4, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261084/hybrid-eeg-fnirs-based-eight-command-decoding-for-bci-application-to-quadcopter-control
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Muhammad Jawad Khan, Keum-Shik Hong
In this paper, a hybrid electroencephalography-functional near-infrared spectroscopy (EEG-fNIRS) scheme to decode eight active brain commands from the frontal brain region for brain-computer interface is presented. A total of eight commands are decoded by fNIRS, as positioned on the prefrontal cortex, and by EEG, around the frontal, parietal, and visual cortices. Mental arithmetic, mental counting, mental rotation, and word formation tasks are decoded with fNIRS, in which the selected features for classification and command generation are the peak, minimum, and mean ΔHbO values within a 2-s moving window...
2017: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238814/neural-basis-of-cognitive-assessment-in-alzheimer-disease-amnestic-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-subjective-memory-complaints
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Jordi A Matías-Guiu, María Nieves Cabrera-Martín, María Valles-Salgado, Alicia Pérez-Pérez, Teresa Rognoni, Teresa Moreno-Ramos, José Luis Carreras, Jorge Matías-Guiu
INTRODUCTION: Interpreting cognitive tests is often challenging. The same test frequently examines multiple cognitive functions, and the functional and anatomical basis underlying test performance is unknown in many cases. This study analyses the correlation of different neuropsychological test results with brain metabolism in a series of patients evaluated for suspected Alzheimer disease. METHODS: 20 healthy controls and 80 patients consulting for memory loss were included, in which cognitive study and (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose PET were performed...
February 3, 2017: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223679/synthesis-and-ability-of-new-ligands-for-g-protein-coupled-receptors-17-gpr17
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Tongyou Zhuo, Shengxue Zhou, Wei Zhang, Catia Lambertucci, Rosaria Volpini
GPR17 is believed to be a novel target for the development of new therapeutic approaches to human stroke and multiple sclerosis. Hence, the selection of GPR17 ligands may be a potent way to reduce the progression of ischemic damage. New potential ligands for GPR17, mono-, di-, and triphosphate adenosine nucleotides substituted at N6-position with a methyl and a cyclopentyl group were synthesized. The ability of new ligands to bind GPR17 was evaluated using frontal affinity chromatography-mass spectrometry (FAC-MS) method...
February 22, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217534/assessment-of-facial-golden-proportions-among-central-indian-population
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Rathore Saurabh, Bolya Piyush, Bhatt Sourabh, Ojha Preeti, Rutvik Trivedi, Pradeep Vishnoi
AIM: This study aimed to identify and establish the facial and smile proportions in young adults and to compare the results with ideal or divine proportions, compare the proportions of males and females included in our study population and compare them with those established for Caucasian and Japanese populations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two hundred participants (164 females, 36 males) with Angle's class I malocclusion (M.O). and well-balanced faces were selected and photographed in the frontal repose position...
December 2016: Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205495/facets-of-pantomime
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Georg Goldenberg
OBJECTIVES: Exploring the nature of defective pantomime in apraxia. METHODS: Critical review of behavioral associations and dissociations between defective pantomime, imitation of gestures, and real tool use. Analysis of congruencies between crucial lesions for pantomime, imitation, and tool use. RESULTS: There are behavioral double dissociations between pantomime and imitation, and their cerebral substrates show very little overlap. Whereas defective pantomime is bound to temporal and inferior frontal lesions, imitation is mainly affected by parietal lesions...
February 2017: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166368/efficacy-of-mglu2-positive-allosteric-modulators-alone-and-in-combination-with-levetiracetam-in-the-mouse-6-hz-model-of-psychomotor-seizures
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Cameron S Metcalf, Brian D Klein, Misty D Smith, Tim Pruess, Marc Ceusters, Hilde Lavreysen, Stefan Pype, Nancy Van Osselaer, Roy Twyman, H Steve White
OBJECTIVE: The metabotropic glutamate receptor subtype 2 (mGlu2 ) possesses both orthosteric and allosteric modulatory sites, are expressed in the frontal cortex and limbic structures, and can affect excitatory synaptic transmission. Therefore, mGlu2 is a potential therapeutic target in the treatment of epilepsy. The present study seeks to evaluate the anticonvulsant potential of mGlu2 -acting compounds. METHODS: The anticonvulsant efficacy of two selective mGlu2 -positive allosteric modulators (PAMs) (JNJ-42153605 and JNJ-40411813/ADX71149) and one mGlu2/3 receptor agonist (LY404039) were evaluated alone and in combination with the antiseizure drug levetiracetam (LEV) in the mouse 6 Hz model...
February 6, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149366/relationships-between-movements-of-the-lower-limb-joints-and-the-pelvis-in-open-and-closed-kinematic-chains-during-a-gait-cycle
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Zdenek Svoboda, Miroslav Janura, Patrik Kutilek, Eva Janurova
Lots of athletic skills performed during practice or competition are initiated by the legs, where athletes either walk or run prior to executing specific skills. Kinematic chains are used to describe the relationships between body segments and joints during movement. The aim of this study was to determine the relationships between movements of lower limb segments and the pelvis in open and closed kinematic chains while walking. The experimental group consisted of 32 males (age 23.3 ± 2.5 years, body mass 78...
June 1, 2016: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131622/perinatal-nicotine-treatment-induces-transient-increases-in-nacho-protein-levels-in-the-rat-frontal-cortex
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Franziska Wichern, Majbrit M Jensen, Ditte Z Christensen, Jens D Mikkelsen, Marjorie C Gondré-Lewis, Morten S Thomsen
The nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) regulator chaperone (NACHO) was recently identified as an important regulator of nAChR maturation and surface expression. Here we show that NACHO levels decrease during early postnatal development in rats. This decrease occurs earlier and to a greater degree in the frontal cortex (FC) compared with the hippocampus (HIP). We further show that rats exposed to nicotine during pre- and postnatal development exhibit significantly higher NACHO levels in the FC at postnatal day (PND) 21, but not at PND60...
March 27, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122388/clinical-study-of-3d-imaging-and-3d-printing-technique-for-patient-specific-instrumentation-in-total-knee-arthroplasty
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Bing Qiu, Fei Liu, Bensen Tang, Biyong Deng, Fang Liu, Weimin Zhu, Dong Zhen, Mingyuan Xue, Mingjiao Zhang
Patient-specific instrumentation (PSI) was designed to improve the accuracy of preoperative planning and postoperative prosthesis positioning in total knee arthroplasty (TKA). However, better understanding needs to be achieved due to the subtle nature of the PSI systems. In this study, 3D printing technique based on the image data of computed tomography (CT) has been utilized for optimal controlling of the surgical parameters. Two groups of TKA cases have been randomly selected as PSI group and control group with no significant difference of age and sex (p > 0...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Knee Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077315/inhibition-of-inos-alleviates-cognitive-deficits-and-depression-in-diabetic-mice-through-downregulating-the-no-sgc-cgmp-pkg-signal-pathway
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Xiao Yan Zhou, Fang Zhang, Chang Jiang Ying, Jing Chen, Ling Chen, Jing Dong, Yue Shi, Mang Tang, Xiao Tong Hu, Zhi Hua Pan, Na Na Xu, Kui Yang Zheng, Ren Xian Tang, Yuan Jian Song
Diabetes mellitus often results in a number of complications involving impaired brain function, including cognitive deficits and depression. However, the potential mechanisms for diabetes-related cognitive deficits and depression are not fully understood. Neurons in the hippocampal, cortical and amygdala functional regions are more susceptible to damage during hyperglycemia. Neuroprotection in the brain can rescue cognitive deficits and depression induced by hyperglycemia. This study investigated the potential mechanisms underlying diabetes-related congnitive deficits and depression, determined whether the inflammatory factor inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and the nitric oxide (NO)/soluble guanylyl cyclases (sGC)/cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP)/protein kinase G (PKG) pathway, play key roles in cognitive deficits and depression associated...
January 8, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077166/threonine-175-a-novel-pathological-phosphorylation-site-on-tau-protein-linked-to-multiple-tauopathies
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Alexander J Moszczynski, Wencheng Yang, Robert Hammond, Lee Cyn Ang, Michael J Strong
Microtubule associated protein tau (tau) deposition is associated with a spectrum of neurodegenerative diseases collectively termed tauopathies. We have previously shown that amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) with cognitive impairment (ALSci) is associated with tau phosphorylation at Thr(175) and that this leads to activation of GSK3β which then induces phosphorylation at tau Thr(231). This latter step leads to dissociation of tau from microtubules and pathological tau fibril formation. To determine the extent to which this pathway is unique to ALS, we have investigated the expression of pThr(175) tau and pThr(231) tau across a range of frontotemporal degenerations...
January 11, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057091/-resting-state-functional-magnetic-resonance-study-of-brain-function-changes-after-tips-operation-in-patients-with-liver-cirrhosis
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C Liu, H B Wang, Y Q Yu, M Q Wang, G B Zhang, L Y Xu, J M Wu
Objective: To investigate the brain function changes in cirrhosis patients after transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS), resting-state functional MRI (rs-fMRI) performed and fractional amplitude of low frequency fluctuation (fALFF) was analyzed. Methods: From January 2014 to February 2016, a total of 96 cirrhotic patients from invasive technology department and infection department in the First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University were selected , the blood ammonia data of 96 cirrhotic patients with TIPS operation in four groups were collected after 1, 3, 6 and 12 month, and all subjects performed rs-fMRI scans...
December 20, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047337/su-f-j-42-comparison-of-varian-truebeam-cone-beam-ct-and-brainlab-exactrac-x-ray-for-cranial-radiotherapy
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J Li, W Shi, D Andrews, M Werner-Wasik, B Lu, Y Yu, A Dicker, H Liu
PURPOSE: To compare online image registrations of TrueBeam cone-beam CT (CBCT) and BrainLab ExacTrac x-ray imaging systems for cranial radiotherapy. METHOD: Phantom and patient studies were performed on a Varian TrueBeam STx linear accelerator (Version 2.5), which is integrated with a BrainLab ExacTrac imaging system (Version 6.1.1). The phantom study was based on a Rando head phantom, which was designed to evaluate isocenter-location dependence of the image registrations...
June 2016: Medical Physics
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